so, i'm on break and my teacher is away, so over the next two and a half weeks i'm supposed to put together a 25-30 minutes set with some songs i've done with him. the thing is, he wants me to make segues/connections from one song to the next, and i really have no clue how to go about doing that, can anyone give me some hints on how get started? also, he wants me to make sure it's in a pleasing order - do you guys think i be interspersing slow and fast songs, or start at a slower tempo and move towards fast stop at the end (or vice-versa)?

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maybe try some pivot chords that modulate to the key of the next song or maybe go into rhythmic vamp that sets up the new song without any pivot chords at all. or maybe arrange them so that they are all in the same relative keys.
oh, and i apologize if this is in the wrong place, this site is confusing :/
as dave frank taught us in the most recent version of jazz improv magazine.. when planing the order of tunes a good thing to do is to build mountains.  anotherwords a slow tune builds to a faster tune to a faster tune to the fastest (then you are at the top of the mountain) then come back down the mountain. then build another mountain if you need more playing time.  so for order build mountains.  
as for how to segue there are so many different ways... geez hard to begin to teach in a post.  here is one way... end one tune one on a  
iii vi ii v vamp then intead of ever playing the one chord to end modulate to the key of the next tune and vamp on a iii vi ii v in that key as an intro to that tune and adjust to the tempo you want for that tune... then begin that new tune.
play a tune and then stop and give it some breathing room, i've found that noodling between every song tends to get uncomfortable and people think you're playing one long monotonous song when you should be leaving some spaces, you know, for applause and drinking beer, however, noodling can be a good way to add your own signature to a performance,but, usually it's as boring as some run-on sentences...
yes phillip but he asked for a way to segue from one tune to another which by definistion is to not stop and give it some breathing room.
look it up in the dictionary phillip. he has been assigned to not do what you are suggesting.  there is an entire art form to segues that all great solo pianists that i have ever heard in concert indulge in in aa infinite variety of ways.  hence most likely the inspiration for kandalfs assignment.  to hear it as noodling is most likely a shortcoming with your ear rather than a shortcoming with the arranging techniques of every great solo jazz pianist since the inception of the music.
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